Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Thai-Style" Green Beans

We needed a simple Thai side to go with our Stir-Fried Eggs with Cellophane Noodles.  Alex originally suggested eating peanut butter crackers with our stir-fried eggs, but I told him that was totally  unacceptable.  So I decided to cook up some of the haricots verts we had in the refrigerator in a vaguely Thai style.  I took some ginger, garlic and a Thai chili from the refrigerator along with the green beans, and then grabbed a few ingredients from the pantry and went to town.  I thought it turned out pretty well.  You got a good hit of heat from the Thai chili, balanced against the savory/salty flavors from the fish sauce and soy sauce, and the snap of the crisp-tender haricots vert.  I briefly considered throwing in some cashews, but then I decided that sesame seeds would be easier and would probably be incorporated into the dish better.  All things considered, it was a quick and easy side dish that we threw together on a whim and came out quite nicely.

Recipe after the jump!

"Thai-Style" Green Beans

2 cups haricots verts, trimmed
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp ginger, finely shredded
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Thai chili, seeded and minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp water

Blanch haricots verts in a pot of boiling salted water for 30 seconds.  Drain and refresh in an ice bath.  Drain.

Heat peanut oil in a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Add sesame seeds, ginger and garlic.  Stir-fry until fragrant and garlic begins to turn golden, about 15-20 seconds.  Add haricots verts and chili.  Toss to combine.  Add soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and water.  Continue to stir-fry until haricots verts are crisp-tender and the liquid has reduced.


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